Symposium: Environment and Culture of the Tibetan Plateau

News item posted on: March 11th, 2014

Reting_valley_WEBPlease join the UVa Tibet Center for an international public symposium that will bring environmental scientists, conservationists, social scientists, and humanists together to discuss research and conservation on the Tibetan Plateau.

There will be two sets of panel discussions during the day.

Location: UVa Grounds, Harrison Institute Auditorium

All panels are in the bottom floor Auditorium in the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library right next to Alderman Library


All talks are 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for Q&A; there is also a concluding 45 minutes final discussion.

9:00am-10:30am Session 1

:  Welcome and Introduction: David Germano and Howie Epstein of the University of Virginia.

Julia Klein (Colorado State University): “Snow Disasters, Climate Warming and Grazing Policy: An interdisciplinary study to examine ecosystem and herder resilience to interacting global change threats in central Tibet:

Kelly Hopping (Colorado State University): “The good, the bad, and the shrubby: impacts of climate change and grazing on Tibet’s alpine meadows”

10:30-10:45am:  Break

10:45-12:30pm: Session 2

Emily Yeh (University of Colorado): “Tibetan pastoralists’ vulnerability to climate change: a political ecology analysis of snowstorm coping capacity”

Susan Natali (Woods Hole Research Center): “Interactions and feedbacks among land use, climate change, and permafrost thaw on the Tibetan Plateau”

Ken Bauer (Dartmouth College): “Marx on the Mountains: Some Framings of the Caterpillar Fungus Phenomenon”

Lunch 12:30-2:00pm

2:00pm-3:45pm: Session 3

Ethan Goldings (TSERING and Winrock International, China): “Platforms for Protectors: innovative cultural, organizational and technical tools for Tibetan communities facing environmental stress.”

Palden Choying (Arizona State University): “Toward a Framework for Consideration of Plateau Pika as a Sustainable Component of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau Alpine Grassland Ecosystem”

Lan Cuo (Tibetan Plateau Research): “Climate Change and its Impacts on the Hydrology in the northern Tibetan Plateau”

3:45-5:00pm: Session 4

A short presentation by University of Virginia undergraduates on an environment project in Eastern Tibet they conducted in 2013 and are continuing in 2014.

Concluding Discussion


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